A great weekend's work was acheived in that we did useful amounts of work on the car bodywork. The sanding down of the doors and the Bonnet continued with more painstaking sanding of the edges and curves of the bonnet. The centre power bulge and the channels down either side were left well alone as weve been advised to use a heat gun gently on these areas to remove the paint as the sanders (a) won't fit in these small areas, (b) may affect the curved areas if the machines are used in a particular area too long.
|All set up and ready to sand!|
|Some of the first layers of paint starting to come off to reveal the base coats|
|Closer detail of the base coat starting to come through|
The red layers on the sides of the bonnet were largely gone by about an hour or two later, we used coarser grit discs to start with moving to finer grit once the base layer became visible, again keeping the sanders moving and not in the same place.
|Further work on the centre section of the bonnet|
|Centre Section devoid of paint at the end of the session.|
The centre section was gradually worked up to just short of the edge of the power bulge and then round the edges, the remaining red will be lightly heat gun stripped so not to cause flattening of the fibreglass. There was one side effect of all work and that was that everything was coated in a layer of red everywhere. Masks and goggles essential!!
Big news flash was that I'd also had encouraging news in a phonecall to a gentleman who is an experienced restorer of Marcos’ and had seen my chassis for sale via the CMI classifieds section, so I began dialogue and huge interest was apparent, so I’m pleased to say that after a viewing hosted by my dad, I managed to sell the Chassis on following a huge amount restoration work that we had paid to have done and the re-painting actioned shortly afterwards, off it was packed into the van to its new home.
Also of interest, were the sale of the rear axle I had recently overhauled with Dad, together with some hubs and drums and a head light fitting we had going spare.
We also sold some triumph wishbone parts also so some extra space made in the garages and fortunately some more cash made in order to press on with the bodywork (I’m tentatively saying that I want to respray in 2018!!) Will that be a goal too far? It all depends on a number of conditions being met.
What is good is that the parts I sold will help breathe life into another Marcos currently off the road.